Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Salad Days --Part One

Me to the other Friday Afternoon Old Guys- What should we play 10/29....this or that or a Halloween themed game?

Resounding response--Halloween!   Great, me and my big mouth. Now I basically have a week to gin up forces and rules for the build up to the "First Vegan War." No way I am not making this complicated!

First choice is a Chosen Men scenario, a three way, 500 point forces for the two 'human' parties, one overwhelming force of Pumpkins, Mushroom and Corn  soldiers as well, and  oh yeah- scarecrows.  We play the game often enough to know it will bend before breaking.

The result of a victory by the humans?  They will be safe from vegamites (sorry to you folk down-under) for the rest of the year.  Don't worry for drama, there are two player nations not involved and the entire Northern Tier of 'NPC' countries to be scourged.

 So, here are the updated idea for using Veggies as bad guys in Chosen Men.

Scarecrows will need to move as skirmishers, be able to ambush and melee well. After all they are popping up with those weird weapons. No firepower, sort of a one trick pony.

Mushroom Men are counting as two troops in melee, use their spore attack as if armed with pistols (6 inch range).

 Greater Pumpkins count  'as if' they each were three cavalry models,  cause a negative reaction to units testing to take the charge or charge into the Greater Pumpkins.

The Lesser Pumpkins will count as axe armed and able to treat wooded areas as clear terrain for movement.  

Mounted pumpkin headed units will have the stats of Cossacks.

 The Corn Critters get a plus in melee due to their natural ablative armor.  And each Corny figure counts as two in melee.

The leader, Jack, the Pumpkin -headed Lord, will get two traits & skills from the officer lists in the book. 

 More  coming soon, the game is Friday. The map and special game situations are being finalized over the next couple days..

Saturday, October 16, 2021

December 4th Countdown for Quatre Bas game

 I had a short get together with Dan & Ron at Tabletop Games in Kensington about the Quatre Bras planned for December 4th.


British Brigade officers compare notes.

It will feature 28mm figures, maneuvering over five 6' by 4' tables for a 20 by 4 foot playing area. Due to mounting conventions, battalions of infantry will be either 18 man or 20 man units.

Discussions were held about the table dressing, roads, streams and woods. 

The number of players, both minimum ( which we have for the French side) and maximum were discussed.  There will be more on the store's website about the day as the weeks move toward the day of battle.

In the mean time, I must get to the painting table to fimish up on the Prince of Orange figure ..and about 50 other figures.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Another Swedish unit---Savolax Jagers

The Savolax Regiment was  second Jager regiment from the Finnish establishment, lost when Sweden ceded Finland to Russia.

These fellows are part of the massive Swedish purchase from the Perry's about two years ago (and before you ask, I still have nine line battalions to paint.)  A little different in the grey uniform from the other Jager battalions previously shown.

The entire unit. There will be basing/flocking, soon.

Some detail.

The command element, can you make out the whistle in the hand of the right hand figure? 

The Savolax are tapped for the next installment of the vegetable wars. And a few historical based fights against some Russian Jagers!

The two jager regiments from the Finnish establishment will be added to the Swedish Army page when based. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 4, 2021

2021 Quatre Bras 100 Days (down to 63)

Well, thought I'd show proof of life for my friends at Tabletop Games who are hosting the event, and painting the majority of the French forces.   I will edit these photos soon into a "100 Days" page here for coherency.

Pire (Commanding a cavalry Division) and an Aide de Camp  playing 'I thought you had the map!'

From left to right--Husson, Campi, two Ad's.

AdC, Bachelu, Foy


Three to go.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Items for sale or trade, reducing projects list

I am looking for  good homes for the following. I will leave this page up for  a week, then move the items out to other methods of flogging.  I hope some one can use these in their gaming. I am in the US, if you are overseas please be aware that postage these days is shocking.

1/72d (HO) Napoleonics still on sprues in original boxes.  I thought I had sold all this off, found another box of these.

1/72nd scale airplanes

All parts in the box, some decals are missing from some of the kits.

Finally from the Crimson Skies range

Some of the planes need to be remounted on click flight stand. Figure are from one of the sets, about 21/2 inches tall.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

My wife is so cool!

I 'need' to make a template hexagon that is four inches from side to side. So I spend over an hour with straightedge and compass.  Bodge it up so that I just plan to start over.

Pat asks me what I am trying to make. The retired Math teacher gets on the computer , does a search and downloads and prints up a template. 

Suitably humbled, but now armed with the template I can prepare the map for the next micro armor scenario.  Lucky man, I.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Three Colonels Russian Napoleonics

 Three Russian Colonels to command the brigades in my Russian line division. The figures are from a pack in the Perry line of Russian Naps.

 The division's units are done, along with plenty of artillery and an ambulance. I keep thinking maybe I'd  add a second division, to flesh out a Corps. 

Then I remember that would entail twelve battalions at eighteen figures each.  I'd also need three more brigade commanders, and divisional staff. 

So nah, uh uh.  Perhaps a separate page on the blog, like the Swedes.

 Anyway, here are the colonels.

Just need ... add...
....some flocking.

The PSA labels as background denotes my cheapness.